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Drought set to weigh on Australian wool production

27 August 2019 | Beth Wright

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has warned that continuing drought conditions across large parts of Australia are expected to cause a 12.7% drop in shorn wool production for 2018/19.... read more

Australian wool digital portal prepares for launch

9 June 2017 | Michelle Russell

The Australian Wool Innovation (AWE) is preparing to launch its digital wool exchange platform within 16 months, a move expected to benefit the industry to the tune of $38m.... read more

IWTO releases LCA guidelines for wool

2 March 2017 | Michelle Russell

The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has released a set of guidelines designed specifically for conducting life cycle assessments on wool products to help businesses better understand environmental impacts across the wool supply chain.... read more

Campaign for Wool sets out commitment to sheep welfare

13 October 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Wool growers, processors, designers and retailers in the UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are being urged to sign a new commitment to high environmental and animal welfare standards.... read more

What does the future hold for world wool supply?

16 September 2016 | Mandy Kovacs

Wool may be a small market compared to other fibres such as cotton or synthetics, accounting for around 3-5% of worldwide fibre consumption, but its use could open market opportunities for brands.... read more

Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear

7 October 2015 | Kitty So

Apparel and textile companies worldwide are increasingly demanding lightweight wool for outdoor wear that can perform a variety of functions.... read more

Woolmark and Eve Group collaborate in China

2 December 2014 | Michelle Russell

The Woolmark Company and China's Eve Group have signed a marketing collaboration agreement as the demand for Australian merino wool in China continues to increase.... read more

UK: PETA urges wool boycott after undercover probe

14 July 2014 | Katie Smith

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Sees resurgence of the wool industry in Russia

6 December 2013 | Katie Smith

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd (AWI) has welcomed what it describes as a "resurgence of the wool industry in Russia", after several country representatives expressed a keen interest to source Australian wool again.... read more

Luxury brands in China focus on quality credentials

9 September 2013 | Petah Marian

The Chinese economic landscape has lost some of its lustre in recent months, as consumer confidence wanes on worries about household finances, employment and prices. At the same time, the country's luxury consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated - which means brands such as Gieves & Hawkes are having to justify their prices with a strong story about their provenance. Petah Marian reports.... read more

UK: Woollen mills tap into increasing demand

12 February 2013 | Katie Smith

Woollen mills in the UK are expanding as a result of growing demand across Europe and Asia, according to The Woolmark Company.... read more

Luxury fibres and fabrics: Web-based tools and trade fairs

1 November 2012 | Lee Adendorff

While trade fairs remain the primary channel for finding suppliers for any kind of fabric, the sourcing of luxury fabrics and fibres has seen a small revolution over the last decade - thanks in large part to the development of web-based technologies that have integrated face-to-face contact with online services.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Wool Comfort Meter nears "commercial reality”

9 August 2012 | Richard Woodard

The Wool Comfort Meter, a machine claimed to accurately predict the comfort levels of garments, is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality, according to developer the Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).... read more

INDIA: Woolmark Company reinforces quality control

17 October 2011 | Leonie Barrie

The Woolmark Company is to begin checking Woolmark-certified items made and sold in India as part of a new quality control programme launched in the country. ... read more

AUSTRALIA: Merino wool sets sights on China

5 October 2011 | Leonie Barrie

Trade group Australian Wool Innovation hopes to grow Merino wool's share of the luxury market in China with a new campaign targeting the rapidly expanding women's wear segment.... read more

Textile and clothing firms investing in Ethiopia

21 April 2011 | just-style.com

The progressive policies and investment incentives offered by the Ethiopian government are going some way to encourage global textile giants to relocate their businesses to the country. Some of the projects that have materialised involve Ayka, Saygin and Nepsa from Turkey, Spintex from India and a business agreement with two US firms, writes Professor Raosaheb Chavan.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Wool production forecast raised in Australia

4 April 2011 | just-style.com

The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has lifted its forecast for shorn wool production in 2010/11 to 340m kg, up from its forecast of 335m kg in December 2010. ... read more

AUSTRALIA: AWI names Guthrie as global business manager

8 December 2010 | just-style.com

Trade group Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has named Sam Guthrie as its new general manager of global business development, a new position where he will responsible for building strategic alliances with key accounts around the world and driving business development opportunities.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Campaign to boost wool sales in China

28 September 2010 | just-style.com

The Australian wool industry is stepping up efforts to grow its business in China, most recently hosting a visit from Chinese retailers, brands, designers as it prepares to launch the largest wool promotion ever undertaken in the country.... read more

INDIA: Intertek authorised to carry out Woolmark testing

7 September 2010 | just-style.com

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has authorised Intertek's Gurgaon textile and footwear lab to test apparel products under its "Woolmark" brand.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Merino yarns engineered for boiled wool look

6 August 2010 | just-style.com

New knitwear yarns that give garments the look and feel of boiled wool yet are fully machine washable have attracted a “boiling hot” reception from buyers and merchandisers according to their inventor.... read more

AUSTRALIA: AWI appoints Stuart McCullough as CEO

24 May 2010 | just-style.com

The board of trade group Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has appointed Stuart McCullough as its chief executive officer.... read more

AUSTRALIA: US retail group urges progress on mulesing

4 May 2010 | just-style.com

The Australian wool industry “needs to move forward with developing alternatives to mulesing [of sheep],” according to one of the top executives at the trade body representing some of the world's largest apparel retailers.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Wool industry meets with US retail group

21 April 2010 | just-style.com

The trade body representing some of the world's largest apparel retailers is heading to Australia this week to discuss progress in ending the practice of mulesing of sheep.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Animal rights group urges new mulesing deadline

19 April 2010 | just-style.com

Animal rights group PETA is putting pressure on the Australian government to set a new deadline to end the practice of mulesing of sheep within the next two years.... read more

AUSTRALIA: AWI appoints McCullough as acting CEO

9 March 2010 | just-style.com

Stuart McCullough has been appointed as the acting CEO of Australian Wool Innovation as the organisation looks for a long-term replacement for Brenda McGahan.... read more

AUSTRALIA: AWI chief Brenda McGahan to resign

2 March 2010 | Joe Ayling

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chief executive officer Brenda McGahan has informed the AWI Board she intends to resign from her CEO position.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Group formed to promote ‘eco-friendly’ wool

9 November 2009 | just-style.com

A group of Australian and international wool industry representatives have teamed up to promote the ways in which the fibre can help to reduce global warming.... read more

US: PETA buys Talbots stock in anti-mulesing move

25 August 2009 | just-style.com

Animal welfare pressure group PETA has bought shares in apparel retailer The Talbots as part of its campaign against the mulesing of sheep in Australia.... read more

UK: Next joins anti-mulesing retail lobby – reports

4 August 2009 | just-style.com

Fashion retailer Next has become the latest company to join a boycott of wool sourced from sheep in Australia which have undergone the controversial practice of mulesing, according to reports.... read more

AUSTRALIA: AWI unlikely to meet 2010 mulesing deadline

27 July 2009 | just-style.com

Australian Wool Innovation has acknowledged that its 2010 deadline for phasing out mulesing was unlikely to be reached.... read more

US: AWI launches new Woolmark ranges

27 July 2009 | just-style.com

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is to unveil its fall/winter 2010/11 Woolmark knitwear collections Merino Touch and Merino Casual in New York.... read more

HONG KONG: Esquel launches trans-seasonal cotton/wool yarns

20 July 2009 | just-style.com

Hong Kong-based Esquel Group has developed a new series of yarns combining Australian Merino wool and cotton to give its trans-seasonal garments a softer and more luxurious feel.... read more

BANGLADESH: A new source of Merino wool knitwear

15 June 2009 | just-style.com

Bangladeshi knitters, traditionally known for basic medium-gauge woollen-spun knitwear, have developed their capacity to create finer-gauge knitwear from worsted-spun Merino yarns according to a new sourcing guide published this week.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Brenda McGahan named AWI chief executive

24 February 2009 | just-style.com

The former head of the Woolmark Company, Brenda McGahan, has been named as the new chief executive of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).... read more